While not usually considered an amenity per se, an elegantly appointed lobby can be both a draw for prospective purchasers and a welcoming space for residents in co-op and condominium communities. While some communities furnish their lobbies and entry areas like lavish semi-public living rooms, others prefer a more minimal, or even stark aesthetic. What's behind those choices, and how does the look of a lobby really impact a building community?
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To what extent should a lobby be furnished, and what kind of furniture is most appropriate? Marilyn Z. Sygrove, president of Sygrove Associates Design Group, based in Manhattan, has been designing lobby spaces since 1983. She says that doorman buildings virtually always have furnished lobbies; if a building doesn’t have furnishings in its common areas, it’s most often smaller, with an unattended lobby.
A spartan lobby may not be an indication that the building can't afford furniture; rather, it may simply be that the shareholders or unit owners who call the building home prefer to maintain the area as a transitional space that people move through, rather than congregating or hanging out at length.